Pasadena Unified High School Seniors Gain Real World Experience This Summer

Published : Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Pasadena Unified School District High School students plan to spend their summer interning within the culinary arts, law & public service and health sectors. These upcoming seniors are eager to explore careers of interest while applying their transferable skills to the workplace. This initiative is in collaboration with the Pasadena Unified School District, Ideal Youth and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Students in the program plan to either enter the workforce upon graduation or allow the internship to shape their college experience. Job shadowing and mentorship provides context for students, leaving them better informed and able to connect the internship to future career goals. High school interns are also required to attend weekly seminars pertaining to time management, professionalism and diversity. In order to complete the internship program successfully all students must give a final presentation about their experience and receive a letter of recommendation from their supervisor. The summer hours accrued will go towards student learning hours mandatory for graduation.

Businesses and organizations are currently needed to provide internship placements in the restaurant and hospitality industry, healthcare and legal professions. Benefits for participating companies are: no cost, short-term support, an introduction to motivated  youth for hiring pipeline, assistance with technology and innovative ideas plus the satisfaction of adding value to the Pasadena community. All student interns have work permits, liability and workman’s compensation insurance provided through the school district. Interested businesses may contact Amy@pasadena-chamber.org or call (626) 795-3355.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber’s primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves more than 1400 members.

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